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Auto Crash Litigation 3.1 June 12-14, 2016 Encore Las Vegas, Nevada

Michigan Auto Law, Farmington Hills, MI, is recognized as one of the nation's top attorneys handling serious auto accident personal injury and wrongful death cases, and auto insurance No‐Fault litigation. His firm is the state's largest law firm specializing in car accident, truck accident and motorcycle accident cases. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Gursten was named Lawyer of the Year by the Michigan Lawyers Weekly and the Best Lawyer/Best Law Firm in U.S. News & World Report.

Abraham & Associates, Boston, MA, has obtained numerous seven figure verdicts that are often one of the largest in the state for a particular year. A 2015 SuperLawyer, Mr. Abraham lectures at AAJ meetings and North American Brain Injury Society conferences. He was the first attorney in the state to have Diffusion Tensor Imaging, a revolutionary technology that can diagnose the axonal shearing (aka white matter damage) associated with traumatic brain injury, admitted in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Gober Law Firm, Nashville, TX, is a Board Certified civil trial specialist, nationally known as an inspiring teacher of trial lawyers in the field of trial advocacy. Mr. Gober has been honored by the Southern Trial Lawyers Association with the Professor W. McKinley Smiley for excellence in teaching trial advocacy in 2002; the Warhorse Award in 2004 as a top courtroom advocate; and the "Mel" Award of the Melvin M. Belli Society, given to a teacher, advocate and giant of the trial bar in 2006.

The Gorny Law Firm, Kansas City, MO, is a member of the Multi-Million-Dollar Advocates Forum. In 2006 he and a former partner obtained the seventh largest trial verdict in the US, and the largest non-punitive wrongful death verdict in Missouri history. He also earned the largest medical negligence verdict in Cole County, Missouri. He has been selected as a Missouri and Kansas SuperLawyer since 2006.

Evidence Solutions, Tucson, AZ, has been helping owners, CEO’s, managers and IT departments understand data for 30 years. Mr. Greene collects, analyzes and explains complex electronic evidence in plain English. In 2008 he created Evidence Solutions, Inc., a full service Computer, Technology & Digital Forensics firm.

Gary C. Johnson, PSC, Pikeville, KY, has the largest personal injury verdict in Kentucky. In 2008 he was awarded the Peter Perlman Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year Award for his work as an advocate. Mr. Johnson, David Ball, Don Keenan, and Jim Fitzgerald set out to determine if there was a way to counter the insurance companies' propaganda. After four years of focus groups across the country the group concluded that there was an answer. A decision was made to share the research with other plaintiff lawyers and this led to the publication of the book, Reptile - The 2009 Manual of the Plaintiff's Revolution. He continues to participate in further research on the topic.

Stritmatter Kessler Whelan, Seattle, WA, has been nicknamed “The Velvet Hammer” by some of her adversaries. She is listed as a Top 10 SuperLawyer in Washington State, only the second woman so recognized. Ms. Koehler reached a wrongful death settlement that found the City of Seattle responsible for enhancing the danger of the 2001 Seattle Mardi Gras. Since 2011 Ms. Koehler’s Velvet Hammer blog has been listed as the top Trial Practice/Litigation Blawg by the ABA. She is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates since 2006 and an adjunct professor at the University of Washington School of Law.

McEwen & Kestner, Oakdale, MN, worked for 10 years as a claims adjuster and litigation manager with one of the largest tractor trailer insurers in the U.S. before founding the firm in 2003. Through another insurer, he managed catastrophic claims nationwide for several notable trucking companies. In 2008, Peter was named a Rising Star by Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine for his outstanding work in personal injury law. This prestigious award is given to the top 2.5% up-and-coming attorneys in the state, following nominations from some of the nation’s most accomplished lawyers.

Attorney at Law, Blue Ash, OH, practices in the criminal defense, taking an aggressive, scientific approach to his cases. Often the bulk of his cross-examinations are against experts with his physics and engineering educations playing a key role. In one case, Mr. Mungo cross-examined 20 separate expert witnesses resulting in a successful verdict. Mr. Mungo is a graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College.

Pottroff Law Office, Manhattan, KS, limits his practice to railroad law and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. After winning three verdicts in excess of $40 million in one year, Mr. Pottroff was appointed to chair the Railroad Legislative Action Committee for AAJ. He has been inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers and recognized as a SuperLawyer.

Javerbaum, Wurgaft, Hicks, Kahn, Wikstrom & Sinins, Springfield, NJ, concentrates his practice in the areas of Auto, Bus and Trucking Negligence, Premises Liability, Malpractice and Civil Litigation. He has been as member of American Association for Justice (AAJ) and the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) for more than 20 years and is on the Board of Governors of NJAJ, where he is the Co-Chair of the Auto Committee. Mr. Rizika is the past Chair of the Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises Liability Section of AAJ as well as the past Vice Chair of the Discovery Abuse Committee of AAJ’s Interstate Trucking Litigation Group. He serves as an arbitrator for the Law Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Essex County. Mr. Rizika has been named as a New Jersey Super Lawyer since 2009.

of the Romano Law Group, West Palm Beach, FL, has served as the President of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association and is on the Board of Directors of the Florida Justice Association. He has lectured extensively throughout the south at both the state trial lawyers organizations and law schools. Prior to joining the Romano Law Group in 2001, Mr. Romano served as a prosecutor with the State Attorney's office for the 15th Circuit in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Sears & Associates, Colorado Springs, CO is past President of the Colorado Trial Lawyers. Mr. Sears, with more than 35 years of trial experience, is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, certified as a Diplomate of Trial Advocacy by the National College of Advocacy and is on the College’s faculty and Board. In 2002 he was elected as the President of the Faculty of Federal Advocates (the trial lawyers who practice in Federal Court) for the Federal District Court of Colorado.

Conference Overview

This is not your basic auto litigation conference. It is not even the intermediate version. This is Auto Crash Litigation 3.1 – learning from the best in the business, taking your Auto Practice to the top and winning like the super stars. The faculty will show you how the right case preparation, discovery, settlement, mediation and trial can increase the value of all of your cases. They will improve your negotiation skills and maximize your damages for all plaintiffs. You will also learn how to take on the defense, find the hidden economic loss to increase your damages award, plus other ideas and tips that will assure you get the most for your client.

  • Sunday, April 3

    12 noon to 6:30 p.m.
    Lunch during Registration at 11 a.m.
    Settlement and Negotiation Strategies in Auto Cases
    Steve Gursten
    Insurance Pressure Points to Increase Settlement Values
    Pete Kestner
    What the Defense is Doing Before and After the Crash
    Steve Gorny
    10 Lessons from a Lifetime Trying Auto Accident Cases
    Gary Gober
    Winning Auto Crash Cases at Trial - What Works and Why (Part 1)
    Gary Johnson
    Winning Auto Crash Cases at Trial - What Works and Why (Part 1)
    Gary Johnson
    Putting It All together: What Rules, Reptiles, Damages and OBJ Can Teach Us
    Lance Sears
    The Missing Link in Auto TBI Cases: Admissibility of DTI and Brain Imaging Studies
    Andrew Abraham
    Dismantling and Defusing the Expert Scientific Witness
    Frank Mungo

    Monday, April 4

    8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Advanced Defendant Depositions – Getting Beyond the Basics to Get to the Good Stuff
    Eric Romano
    Winning Auto Crash Cases at Trial – What Works and Why (Part 2)
    Gary Johnson
    The New Pain and Suffering Argument Models that Resonate with Today’s Juries
    Bob Pottroff
    Voir Dire Questions You Must Ask in Auto Crash Cases
    Karen Koehler
    Proving the Defendant was Texting or Using a Cell Phone, Plus Securing the Dashcam Videos
    Scott Greene
    The Omnibus Auto Litigation Motion in Limine
    Jeff Rizika
  • Las Vegas
    The Encore at Wynn Las Vegas is Steve Wynn’s all suite addition to the highly successful Wynn Resort & Country Club, the only casino resort to have the Mobile 5 Star, the Michelin 5 Red Pavilions and the AAA 5 Diamond Rating.

    Conference Room Rate

    Conference Room Rate – 360 Advocacy has secured a limited block of suites on a first-come, first serve basis at the group rate of $219 for Sunday thru Thursday and $249 for Friday and Saturday. Contract Encore at 877.321.9966 and ask for the 360 Advocacy Room Block rate. You can also register for a room online by clicking the link below.

    Continuing Legal Education

    An application for accreditation for continuing legal education credit (approximately 12.75 credit hours, including 2.0 ethics hours for 60 minute states and approximately 15.30 credit hours, including 2.4 ethics hours for 50 minute states) has been submitted to all mandatory CLE states. Number of credits awarded will vary based on state regulations. Please bring your license and/or bar information with you to the program.

    Conference Guarantee

    We take our pledge of excellence seriously. If the Conference does not live up to your expectations, we will refund your registration fee. Because the faculty will use real cases from their own files and share information only available at the Conference, you will be agreeing to the confidentiality of the program when you have been accepted into the program. The Conference is open to plaintiff personal injury attorneys only and anyone who represents personal injury defendants and/or insurance companies are ineligible to attend. The confidential nature of 360 Advocacy programs does not allow for audio or video recording, and the written materials are only available to attendees.
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